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Schall & Russo’s executive search practice is led by Steven Schall, who has worked as an executive, program manager, planner and social worker in community development, health care and social services during his 35-year career. His organizational leadership and staff development experience are essential and distinguishing ingredients in helping clients find the right match

Over the past 15 years, Schall & Russo Planning Works has identified, evaluated and presented a diverse array of professionals to assume public sector, non-profit and international NGO leadership positions. Schall & Russo has conducted more than 35 successful searches for a range of positions (including CEO/President, Executive Director, Director of Administration, Chief Technology Officer, VP of HR, Chief Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Policy, Director of Business Development and Director of Development).

Clients include: Eva’s Village, The Russell Berrie Foundation, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Presbyterian Senior Services, Homeless Services United, The Fund for Public Health in New York, The NY State Association of County Health Officials, NYS Battery Park City Authority, Independence Care System, Amref Health Africa, The Door, University Settlement, miraclefeet, WaterAid America, Studio in a School, Breakthrough New York, and the David Rockefeller Fund

There are two partners in the firm. Steve Schall leads all the executive search work. He is the person who will stay in close touch with the client and talk/meet with dozens of candidates. Clients and candidates alike have praised the quality of the process and have remarked how unusual it was to work with the named partner, rather than with less experienced associates

As a retained executive search consultant, Schall & Russo’s role is to provide guidance and advice to an organization for the recruitment and hiring of a leadership position. Steve devotes substantial up-front time with the client and key stakeholders to: understand the organization and its path; clarify the challenges and opportunities presented by the position; and develop a clear, concise and inspiring job announcement. Next, he maps out a plan with the client for candidate review and screening, interviews and reference checks. Then, working closely with the client, Steve skillfully facilitates decision-making, negotiation and the offer.

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